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One student killed, five injured in accident

By on January 26, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News with 15 Comments

Lindsey Smith

A tragic accident southeast of campus on Friday night claimed the life of one Abilene Christian University student and injured five others.

The six traveling in one vehicle were hit by another vehicle as they were driving south on Highway 36 in eastern Taylor County about 8:21 p.m. Friday. The driver of the other vehicle – whom Department of Public Safety officials say ran a stop sign on County Road 107 and into the path of the six students – died in the collision.

Killed in the accident was ACU junior advertising and public relations major Lindsey Smith of New Braunfels, Texas. She was in a vehicle driven by Robert “Bo” Braddock, senior biology major from Deer Park, Texas. Other passengers were Rebekah Cherniss, freshman journalism and mass communication major from Katy, Texas; Colleen “Callie” Kerbo, freshman marketing major from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Deanna Romero, freshman international studies major from Omaha, Neb.; and Eric Terrazas, junior journalism and mass communication major from Argyle, Texas.

Braddock, Kerbo and Terrazas were treated and released from Abilene’s Hendrick Medical Center about 1 a.m. Saturday. Romero and Cherniss remained in Hendrick’s trauma center, according to hospital officials.

The Optimist, ACU’s student newspaper, reported that the six students were on their way to attend the traditional Grand Ole Oplin country western dance at the Oplin Community Center, held every Friday night for people of all ages. For decades, the event in nearby Callahan County, about 30 miles from campus, has been a popular gathering spot for students.

As soon as DPS officials notified ACU Police, Abilene Christian’s Emergency Response Team gathered in the university’s police headquarters while ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert and representatives from Student Life and other offices headed to Hendrick to assist the students and their families. Word of the accident spread quickly, and Hendrick’s ER was soon filled with concerned faculty, staff and students.

“We are grateful for the support of our campus community in difficult times such as these,” said Schubert (’91) in an email to students, faculty and staff just before 1 a.m. Saturday. “Your outpouring of heartfelt expressions of help has been overwhelming tonight.”

We will update readers when we have new information to share.

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Ron Hadfield

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Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.

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  1. Kelly Silander says:

    My heart aches for the family of Lindsey … I attended ACU years ago and have a son who wants to in the Fall … he and I are in prayer for those involved … Lindsey with our Lord today … which is so wonderful … but those left without her are so so sad … I pray for comfort and peace that passes all understanding.

  2. Jo Kite says:

    Many from York College are praying for the families of those involved in the horrible accident over the weekend at ACU. May God bless you as you deal with the grief associated with this terrible tradegy.

  3. Jorge Romero says:

    To all, I would like to thank you all for your prayers, calls, and support. Please remember the other 4 ACU students currently under recovery and the other driver killed as well. Today, attending Chapel at ACU, it was a great reminder of God’s love for all of us. In Him, Jorge Romero (Southwest Church of Christ, Omaha, Neb.)

  4. Bob & Jan Tanner says:

    We are friends of Deanna Romero and members of the Church of Christ in Sioux Falls, SD

  5. The Oestreich Family says:

    Our sincere sympathy and prayers our extended to our dear friends, the Smith Family on the death of young Lindsey. This talented and aspiring young woman will be missed, and we were blessed to have watched her grow up in our community of New Braunfels. We are saddened by the untimely passing of Linsdey, and hope everyone will continue to pray for all in the University and Abilene community and her hometown of New Braunfels whose lives were blessed to have known Lindsey.

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